Adobe Updates CS3, Photoshop Lightroom, and Camera Raw

In a recent rush of activity by Adobe engineers, there are several major updates to software from our friends at Adobe. Photoshop Lightroom has been updated to version 1.3 to improve Mac OS 10.5 Leopard compatibility, Camera Raw now supports some of the latest cutting edge cameras, and Photoshop CS3 Sports the new version number 10.0.1 to knock out quite a few small but annoying compatibility issues for both Mac and PC users. Oh yeah, and remember our old friend Bridge CS3? Well it's up to v2.1.1 and sports a cool new HQ preview in the Advanced panel as well as some important little maintenance issues. Click here for more…
Details of Recent Adobe Software Updates

Adobe Photoshop CS3 10.0.1 and Bridge CS3 2.1.1
The most significant fixes in the Photoshop 10.0.1 update include the following:

A crash that could occur when Microsoft Intellipoint software is installed has been fixed.
The speed of moving objects contained within multiple layer sets has been improved.
The speed of closing large documents has been improved.
Converting images to CMYK using certain profiles no longer results in black files.
A crash that could occur when saving a 4-bit BMP file with 16 or fewer colors has been fixed.
The Save for Web feature now includes an option to "Include XMP" (metadata) in the settings menu within the main Save for Web interface, making the existing capability easier to access.
When using Save For Web with "Include XMP" enabled, all XMP data is now included in the optimized file.
A problem that could cause the incorrect printer to appear within the print dialog box has been corrected.
Images no longer print with odd-sized margins on various Epson printers, or print smaller and off-centered.
Printer settings in Windows® are saved with a document while that document is open. If a document has not had Page Setup settings applied to it, the document will get the previous page setup used during the current session of Photoshop.
Photoshop now turns off Windows ICM (system color management) when "Photoshop Manages Colors."
Print color matching has been improved.
A problem that caused certain laser printers to show distortions when printing to a nonsquare resolution has been fixed.
Images saved as DICOM and reopened in Photoshop CS3 are no longer corrupted on PowerPC® based Mac computers.

The Adobe® Bridge CS3 2.1.1 update includes the following fixes and enhancements:
A new preference to enable High Quality Preview has been added to Bridge's Preferences > Advanced panel. When enabled, the preference addresses the problem of a soft or blurry preview appearing in the Preview panel and in Slideshow mode.
Data loss that could result from replacing a folder with another folder by the same name has been prevented.
Issues that could cause Bridge to crash (for example, when encountering a PDF or AI file) have been corrected.
A problem that could cause Bridge to lock up when using arrows to navigate has been fixed.
XMP data is now handled correctly when added to CR2 files.
A problem that could cause the Loupe tool not to be available after exiting from Slideshow mode has been corrected.
Rapid clicks to select multiple files are no longer interpreted as a double-click, so unintended opening of multiple files is now reduced.
All of the updates above are available for download from adobe.com <http://www.adobe.com/downloads/updates>and should be available through the Adobe Updater.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.3

Improved Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility PLUS native camera RAW support for the following cameras:

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
Canon PowerShot G9
Nikon D3
Nikon D300 <- OK sign me up!
Olympus E-3
Olympus SP-560 UZ
Panasonic DMC-L10

Note: Adobe is first to market with support for the RAW format of the Nikon D3 and D300! The applications also now support the sRAW format produced by the Canon 1D Mk III, 1Ds Mk III, and 40D.

Also Adobe has released a Preview of the Lightroom Export SDK (available on http://labs.adobe.com). This will allow developers to create some really cool workflows. This means there's potential for developers to develop direct export to Flickr, Smugmug, FTP Hosts, etc.

The Lightroom update is also available here.<http://www.adobe.com/downloads/updates>

Adobe Camera RAW 4.3 and the DNG Converter 4.3

If you're not using Photoshop Lightroom but you are a Photoshop CS3 user, then you'll get the same camera RAW support as Lightroom in the Camera Raw and DNG Converter updates <http://www.adobe.com/downloads/updates>.


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